Constipation Specialist

Hyon S. Kang, D.O. -  - Board Certified Gastroenterologist

Gastroenterology Consultants of West Houston, PLLC

Hyon S. Kang, D.O.

Board Certified Gastroenterologist located in Katy, TX

Constipation can cause some serious bowel movement issues that interfere with your daily life. If you’re experiencing uncomfortable or painful constipation, it’s time to get help from an expert specialist. At Gastroenterology Consultants of West Houston, PLLC in Katy, Texas, board-certified gastroenterologist Hyon Kang, DO, can help you get back to pain-free bathroom visits. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

Constipation Q & A

What is constipation?

Constipation is an uncomfortable condition in which you have infrequent bowel movements. Some of the most common issues associated with constipation include: 

  • Fewer than three bowel movements weekly
  • Hard, painful stools
  • Straining to pass stools
  • Feeling like you have a blocked rectum
  • Struggling to empty your bowels completely

Sometimes, constipation sufferers also have to push down on their belly or use a finger to pull a stool out of their rectum. If you're dealing with at least two of these symptoms for three months or longer, it's called chronic constipation. 

What causes constipation?

There are dozens of possible causes, with some of the most common being: 

Functional gastrointestinal disorders

Functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, can cause constipation, diarrhea, or both.

Pelvic floor disorders

Pelvic floor disorders like pelvic organ prolapse or fecal incontinence can cause your stool to move so slowly that it causes constipation.

Nutrition problems 

Nutritional deficiencies that can cause constipation include insufficient fiber and dehydration. 

Many other conditions and issues can cause constipation, including any condition that affects your gastrointestinal tract, metabolism, hormones, or spine. Colon cancer is another possible cause of constipation.

When do I need to see the doctor for constipation?

Occasional bouts of constipation usually resolve on their own. But, if you're dealing with constipation for more than a few weeks, it's time to reach out for relief. 

In most cases, Dr. Kang can determine the root cause of your constipation through blood testing, imaging like X-rays or CT scans, or more in-depth exams like a colonoscopy. With that information, Dr. Kang creates a plan to give you constipation relief.

How is constipation treated?

Dr. Kang prescribes constipation treatment based on your diagnosis, symptoms, and needs. Sometimes, feeling better is as simple as eating better, such as eating more fiber. In many cases, some lifestyle changes, coupled with medication, are needed. 

If Dr. Kang diagnoses you with an underlying condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome, he treats the underlying condition first, and that typically resolves your constipation as well. 

Don’t allow constipation to keep you in pain any longer. Book an appointment online now or call Gastroenterology Consultants of West Houston, PLLC today.